The Power of Wisdom…Choose wisdom above all…
From my research and work and with thousands, it is very evident and clear that there is a cry for a timeless guide and message of encouragement to enable women, mothers, and men (especially parents), to be able to encounter and overcome the everyday life challenges they face with more grace and serenity.
It is obvious that as women, mothers, and parents, our challenges are countless and continuous—they are especially evident when one’s package includes being a wife, mother, carer, and/or daughter in-law…that’s pretty challenging by itself! Yet, whenever I think of all such challenges, there is this famous quote of Nelson Mandela that constantly comes to my mind: “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”
Sometimes, it seems as though every new success comes wrapped up in a gift bag with a token or excess of accompanying challenges! Therefore, you must keep going and giving your all…you must keep pressing on and keeping the faith alive—knowing you are, or can be in control— and not let your circumstances or current challenges take control and shape your life and future accordingly.
Depending on the gravity and nature of the challenge, a very valuable and practical prayer which I will highly recommend and encourage you to say, is the serenity prayer. It comes in very handy and goes like this: “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to the change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”.
This implies wisdom is crucial and indispensable—which is the ability to know and apply the right thing at the right moment…the ability to identify and tell the difference—the difference between what battles you are meant to courageously affront and what ones to let go of and walk away with serenity…
I can assure you that each life challenge you face is an opportunity for you to grow and become wiser—knowing what battles to pick and fight, and what ones to disregard and/ or let go—for your own sanity. You simply cannot fight every single battle in life—you simply are not equipped and wired to do this…you need to concentrate on what is important and matters to you, and redirect your focus on this— for the sake of you your health, wellbeing and happiness.
Remember that peace is not the complete absence of war or crises, but your ability to remain peaceful and serene in the midst of such. The ultimate Peace is that which dwells within you – The Peace of God – and surpasses all human understanding. That which produces hope and power— even in the midst of storms and life challenges.
“The greatest misfortune that can come to a human being is to lose his inner peace. No outer force can rob him of it. It is his own thoughts, his own actions that rob him of it.” Sir Chinmoy